About this Website

The purpose of the ES assessment is to help instructors prepare ELL newcomers for future Canadian workplace success. The assessment provides a snapshot of the students’ Workplace Essential Skill levels in reading, document use, numeracy and listening. There is no pass or fail for this assessment and its objective is to determine ELL newcomers’ Essential Skills level. This test can be used as a one-time test or it can be used as a pre/post assessment to evaluate skill gain and areas for further upskilling.

Essential Skills assessed:

  • Reading - the ability to understand and interpret information presented in texts such as notes and memos.
  • Document Use - the ability to find, understand or enter information in documents such lists, tables and graphs.
  • Numeracy - the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals, fractions and per cents.
  • Listening Skills - the ability to interpret and act on information presented orally.
  • Writing Skills - the ability to identify correct grammar and write sentences and paragraphs.

Instructors and coordinators: to learn more about ESL/LINC resources that embedded the Essential Skills in CLB based curriculum, please go to norquest.lincworks.ca.

To provide feedback or ask questions about this assessment tool, please email lincworks@norquest.ca.

If you are interested in using this tool with newcomer ELL learners in an educational program, please contact lincworks@norquest.ca.